Re: ***2014 PATRIOTS DRAFT THREAD***
posted at 1/13/2014 9:57 AM EST
In response to rameakap's comment:
My predictions and hopes:
Before draft: Trade Mallett for a second round pick. Maybe with like Kenbrell and a 7th to add enough to get that done. Sign a Cassell, Hoyer, McGown, Orton or some other solid veteran backup to Brady, who has 4 more seasons in him. Keep Talib, Edelman and Blount. Only splash in free agency is C Alex Mack, borderline all-pro. Good riddance Wendell and Spikes.
Round 1 - If one of TE's Amaro and Ebron are there grab one! I say they are both gone so Pats trade down to pick 36. Oakland is drafting right in front of Atlanta. Falcons would be a team that could take Seferian-Jenkins (to replace Gonzalez) if he gets to them. Oakland can take a crazy skill guy in round 1 and then take Tajh Boyd w/ our pick and avoid any of the early 2nd rd pick teams scooping him up. So say they give up picks in rd 2/3 for our picks in 1/6.
Round 2 (36) - TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins - Solid 1st option learn on the fly until Gronk comes off 6 week PUP. Then an awesome 2nd TE to replace what was lost with Hernandez.
Round 2 (somewhere in the middle for Mallett) - S Dion Bailey or Craig Loston - Both are big, fast SS ballhawk types that would complement McCourtey and move guys like Harmon and Gregory to the bench. One Wilso is probably done and the other stinks.
Round 2 (64) - DT/DE Dominique Easley - Trusting his florida connections BB gets a guy who will go on the 6 week PUP to start but could be the stud 3-4 DE or 4-3 DE who gets after the QB and takes the pressure off Jones this team is desperate for. Current LB crew needs to have lineman that are able to switch between both formations to take advantage of their talents and confuse offenses.
Round 3 (68) - ILB Yawin Smallwood (or Skhov if he is there) Pats add another tall/fast 'backer to replace Spikes snaps (but not role), b/c he new guy is a 3 down player, backs up all positions, or starts if team goes back to more 3-4.
Round 3 (96) - WR Jared Abbrederis - Tall enough at 6'2" and real smart (a must here). Can stretch the field a little and is super tough. Perfect Patriot. Him and Dobson on the outside/downfield, Boyce and Amendola on the outside/intermediate and Edelman and Amendola in the slot/middle of the field. Great crew. Slater on special teams and trade Thompkins while his stock is up (someone like Jarvis Landry of LSU works here as well).
Round 4 (in the 130's) - DT Daniel McCullers - A monster 6'8" 320 lb prospect who would have to have very little expected of him for 1-2 years but be groomed to eventually replace Vince.
Round 6 (from Eagles, like 215-225 range) - RB Andre Williams - It'd be cool if the local BC guy was around towards the end of day 3. He'd definitely have more upside than Bolden.
I prefer Troy Niklas to AS-J, just don't like the kid's effort on the field, looks like he's just going through the motions. I also think you could see them target a TE in FA... Buffalo's Scott Chandler comes to mind... or maybe a Dennis Pitta or Garrett Graham or Jeff Cumberland, etc.
As for your mock, I think that nets some solid players... Easley is very undersized for the 5-tech, but is very well suited for the 3... Smallwood and Abbrederis present great value in Rd 3 and McCullers could be a solid upside play in Rd 4. I don't think Andre Williams gets out of Rd 4, but if he's there in Rd 6, he's a no-brainer.